Aine Petrulaityte

Aine Petrulaityte

Integrated Product Design MSc

Buddy

Electronic Pet

Developing a project under the topic of collaborative consumption my aim was to create a system which gets better the more people use it and benefits communities through means of sharing. I focused on helping overweight people to overcome physical inactivity and social anxiety by creating a wearable device which enhances social interaction. Buddy | Electronic Pet is a stand-alone wearable device which looks and acts like a dog: it informs the user when it is time to go for a walk, indicates other devices nearby and expresses its happiness by receiving points. Being an internet-enabled device it provides information about events where electronic pet owners can meet each other to share experiences. Users can choose from variety of shapes representing different dog breeds.